Wind power has great environmental advantages, while also providing economic growth – both locally and regionally. Jobs are created and local businesses benefit.
The many benefits of wind energy to communities
The environmental benefits
Every TWh of new electricity production from wind power in Sweden reduces greenhouse gas emissions by about 600,000 tons. This is regardless of whether the electricity is used to electrify the industry and transport sector in Sweden, or if it is exported to our neighboring countries where it replaces the use of coal and fossil fuels. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, new production of electricity from wind and solar power could reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent in 2030 – as much as the climate impact of all of Europe.
Local jobs and tax revenue
New jobs are created both during the construction and the operation of a wind farm. RWE uses local workforce and entrepreneurs as much as possible. Municipalities and regions with a large production of cheap, green electricity from wind power also attract new businesses, leading to potentially more jobs and tax revenues.
Meets an increased need for electricity
The electricity consumption in Sweden is set to double until 2040, largely due to the electrification of the industry and transport sectors that currently are responsible for two thirds of Sweden’s total emissions. Wind energy can be built quickly and thus meet the increased demand for electricity. It also helps to keep electricity prices down.
Strengthens Europe's energy security
All renewable electricity reduces dependency on oil and gas. This is good for both national and European security.
Part of the profit to the village
A wind farm creates benefits for everyone, but mainly impacts those who live and work in the area. We believe that people who live in the area should get a share of the profit that comes from the electricity produced. We would also like to see a clear regulation for such a provision that is predictable and equal for everyone regardless of which company develops the wind power and where in the country it takes place.